Appalachian State University, 2015
Recreation Management: Outdoor Experiential Education
Chad grew up with a passion for the outdoors, at a young age Chad and his twin brother Nathan would always be outside exploring the woods and following the creek that ran behind their childhood home. It wasn’t until he came to Appalachian for Undergrad that he found his passion for teaching and helping others. Gaining the necessary skill set in Recreation Management courses here at Appalachian, Chad was able to pursue a guiding position with the local climbing guide service Rock Dimensions in downtown Boone. Working for RD off and on for several years, Chad chose to pursue a contracted position working with youth at risk before returning to Appalachian for Graduate School. Using his experiences to help make a positive impact on youth who have been through some of the worst circumstances imaginable. Now back in Boone Chad is excited to use what he’s learned since graduating here at OP.
Appalachian State University, 2012
College Student Development
Tristan's love for outdoor recreation began with a Outward Bound Course to Costa Rica as a sophomore in high school. She felt drawn to the mountains at Appalachian State University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. As a freshman she joined Outdoor Programs as Trip Leader to share her love for backpacking, whitewater rafting and kayaking with other students. After graduation, she spent time working with at- risk youth in a wilderness therapy program, thru- hiking the Appalachian Trail, and exploring South America. She is excited to help students grow as leaders in Outdoor Programs as she is pursuing a Master's Degree in College Student Development.